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Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Comments

The company on the leading edge of electric car manufacturing this week officially entered the world of large-scale batteries for homes and businesses.

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China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

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Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April U.S. Auto Sales Gains

May 1, 2015 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.

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South Korean Company Settles Kevlar Trade Secrets Lawsuit

May 1, 2015 10:50 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer

A South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets involving Kevlar technology has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and settled separate civil litigation filed by the DuPont Co., officials said Thursday.

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Senators Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

May 1, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced legislation targeting so-called "patent trolls."

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Ford Expands Door Latch Recall To Cover Nearly 546K Cars

May 1, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed.

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Report: North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Worker Fatality Rate

April 30, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A top labor union this week named North Dakota as the nation's most dangerous state for workers for the third consecutive year.

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GM To Spend $5.4B on U.S. Factories Over 3 Years, Add 650 Jobs

April 30, 2015 11:01 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.

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Noting Slower Economy, Fed Appears No Closer to a Rate Hike

April 30, 2015 10:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press

The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly froze. The Fed offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

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New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions from Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says flares at refineries and chemical plants emit far more pollution than regulators previously indicated. 

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BP to Sell Stake in North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

BP recently announced plans to sell its stake in a large gas pipeline in the North Sea. 

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Record Pollution Fine for McDonald's Supplier in China

April 30, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press

A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater, state media reported.

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Applications for Unemployment Aid Plunge to 15-Year Low

April 30, 2015 9:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

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Fiat Chrysler Sees Gains in Both North America, Europe

April 29, 2015 4:37 pm | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

Higher sales of the Jeep Renegade small SUV and Chrysler 200 midsize sedan in North America along with modest growth in Europe pushed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV back to profit in the first quarter, the newly formed carmaker said.

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SC Watchdog Questions Agency, Nonprofit Spending on Wetland

April 29, 2015 4:20 pm | by Susanne Schafer, The Associated Press

State auditors faulted the South Carolina Commerce Department for setting up a nonprofit organization with the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League to disperse $5 million to offset the destruction of wetlands at what is now Boeing's manufacturing site near Charleston.

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Audi Runs on Green Diesel for the First Time

April 29, 2015 4:03 pm | by Megan Crouse, Digital Reporter

German company Sunfire has made diesel fuel out of carbon dioxide, water, and electricity, and successfully tested the synthetic fuel in an Audi A8 on April 21.

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Fiat Chrysler CEO Makes Another Pitch for Auto Mergers

April 29, 2015 3:14 pm | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says the auto industry faces grave risks if companies don't start consolidating and share skyrocketing product development. 

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Jeni's To Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 29, 2015 3:02 pm | by The Associated Press

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is destroying more than 265 tons of ice cream after listeria was found in the production facility and in products last week.

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Report: Foreign Investors Turning to U.S. Industrial Property

April 29, 2015 2:43 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Foreign investors are increasingly buying up logistical and industrial properties as part of their American real estate holdings, according to a recent report by JLL.

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California Touts Aggressive Plan to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

April 29, 2015 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press

California would aggressively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under an ambitious plan announced Wednesday by Gov. Jerry Brown. 

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UAW Reports 55 Percent Membership at VW Plant

April 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press

The United Auto workers union has 816 members at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, or about 55 percent of the total blue collar work force, according to the union's latest disclosure with the U.S. Department of Labor. 

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